The vision of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity (MK YOU) is mindfulness education programs flourishing across each of our communities, with every community member having access to learning and practicing the essential life skills proven to potentiate well-being, happiness, and success throughout all stages of life.

By practicing mindfulness and compassion in our daily living, each one of us is positively contributing to a thriving, resilient, and compassionate world beginning with ourselves, and positively impacting our relationships at home, school, and in our communities.

Mindful ~ Kindful ~ Skillful.


Mindful Kindful YOUniversity was founded to address the challenges youth face in school and in life, which interfere with learning, relationships, and mental well-being, such as:

  • stress, overwhelm;
  • self-awareness;
  • distraction, impulse control, difficulty focusing;
  • bullying and social issues;
  • difficult emotions — anger, anxiety, depression, etc.

MK YOU equips and teaches students HOW to cultivate the inner resources, or “superpowers” for reducing stress and experiencing more balance, resilience, over-all well-being. These positive experiences will transform social dynamics at school, at home, and in the community! These are skills for life!

“Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships and health.

Mastering the skills of emotional intelligence paves the way for

greater well-being, better relationships and overall effectiveness

…for students from kindergarten through high school

and for the adults who surround them, including educators and parents.”

~ Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

~ Sm’Heart Skills: the inner resources for resilience and well-being ~

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, and to understand and respond effectively to the emotions of others. These skills are important not just for youth, but also for the grownups in their lives at home, in school, and in the community! Children, teens, and adults can learn and practice “Sm’Heart” skills (pronounced “smart”) for emotional resilience and intelligence: creating the space to allow the thinking mind to align with the heart to move forward. Sm’heart skills involves the understanding, awareness, and management of emotions, aligned with positive core values and intentions when making decisions, problem solving, or creating to achieve the very best version of YOU! In so doing, you make a positive impact on the world around you.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll

At the YOUniversity we learn how to respond to life rather than react. The word university comes from the Latin word universus, meaning “whole, entire.” Mindful Kindful YOUniversity is the study of YOU and your whole-being: your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviors, and how to respond to life moment to moment in a healthy, balanced, and positive way.

Well-being is a skill and all skills require practice!

In traditional educational settings, or for many of us growing up, emotional intelligence life skills are/were not formally taught, yet these are the essential skills to handle life’s pressures, stresses, and challenges which arise throughout the day and across the years, regardless of age or background. When the going gets tough, those are the “teachable moments” in the “school of life”! Learning never ends at the YOUniversity.


1) Mindfulness, Movement, Social Emotional Learning for Youth 

Community Enrichment Programs for ages 7-11;

Community Enrichment Programs for special needs;

personalized Coaching;

School programs;

and more.

2) Well-being and Mindfulness for Educators

professional/personal well-being programs

in the community & In schools;

Workshops; Retreats; and personal coaching options.

3) Well-being and Mindfulness for Parents

Parenting/personal well-being classes;

MAP’s Customized workshops;

retreats; and personal coaching options.

4) Mindful Kindful Communities (citizens, businesses, organizations).

(inclusive of all: race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc)

Professional/personal well-being community classes; 

workshops; retreats; and personal coaching options.

Every next level of life will require a new, improved version of YOU.

Are you ready? I’ll coach you along the way.

Contact Dee DiGioia


The symbolism of the dragonfly aligns with the intentions of Mindful Kindful YOUniversity. The metamorphic transformation from nymph to dragonfly symbolizes resilience the shedding of our negative patterns of limiting thoughts, behaviors and habits, and an emergence of our more skillful way of responding to “life”.  Like the nymph who sheds its layers as it leaves its stage of life submerged in water and transforms into a dragonfly capable of flight, at all stages of our lives we develop the capacities to reveal our beautiful, positive and true nature, and reaping positive benefits in health and happiness. Mindful. Kindful. Skillful. Transformational!